Today’s job fair at CNCC to connect job seekers with local employers

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What: 2012 Moffat County Job Fair

When: 2 to 7 p.m. today

Where: Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St.

— The event, which is open to anyone, includes 19 employers from throughout the Yampa Valley.

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What: Colorado Northwestern Community College spring visitation

When: 2 to 7 p.m. today

Where: CNCC Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St.

—Faculty and staff will be available to answer questions about campus programs. For more information, call 824-1101.

Colorado Northwestern Community College spring visitation schedule:

• 2 to 2:30 p.m. Registration in the CNCC commons area

• 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Campus tours

• 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tours of campus programs and chance to meet program directors

• 5 to 5:30 p.m. Financial aid presentation

— Tours will be available for attendees who come to the event after 5:30 p.m. Residents can RSVP for the event, but it’s not required.

In most cases, the job search goes like this:

Step one: fill out an application.

Step two: Wait, sometimes for months, to hear back from the employer.

The 2012 Moffat County Job Fair scheduled for 2 to 7 p.m. today in Craig, however, offers “instant gratification” to job seekers and employers alike, said Jonny Murray, an employee with the Colorado Workforce Center’s Craig office.

“(The) employer gets who he wants right away,” he said. “The employment seeker gets satisfaction right away,” rather than waiting for a callback from a potential employer.

The event, which is organized by the Craig Daily Press and co-sponsored by the Workforce Center and Colorado Northwestern Community College, takes place at CNCC’s Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St.

The event is free to jobseekers.

A total of 19 employers from Craig, Steamboat Springs and around the Yampa Valley are scheduled to be at the event, said Bonnie Stewart, Daily Press advertising manager.

Several employers plan to offer on-the-spot interviews, she said.

Axis Steel Inc., is one of several Craig employers signed up for the event. The company has been looking for a driver with a commercial driver’s license, and the job fair seemed to be “a great resource just to get the exposure,” said Chris Thome, Axis Steel operations manager.

He, like Murray, believes job fairs can streamline the selection process for both employers and prospective employees.

Job seekers can get a feel for the job and decide if it would fit their interests, Thome said.

And, from the employer’s perspective, “You can meet a handful of people and if some of them just don’t fit the ticket, then you don’t have to spend the additional time following up with them and getting them to come in and do a one-on-one interview,” he said.

An event that runs concurrently with the job fair is designed for residents considering a career change or looking to further their education.

The Craig campus will host a spring visitation from 2 to 7 p.m. today that includes campus tours, a chance to meet program directors, faculty and staff, and a financial aid presentation from Merrie Byers, a college financial aid advisor based at the Rangely campus.

The presentation is open to anyone and is not limited to current students, said Cathleen Wallmann, receptionist at CNCC’s Craig campus.

For more information about the visitation, call the college at 824-1101.

For more information about the job fair, call Stewart at 875-1784.

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